As of June 1, 2007, I began an “open-ended sabbatical” and will be taking a break from both updating the content of and answering inquiries from my web site.
I have been promoting the benefits from proactively including nutrition as an individualized component of optimal cancer care since 1997, a full 10 years now. It has been very gratifying to observe many of the seeds that I have planted during these past 10 years begin to grow, having been nurtured by many other cancer professionals and patients alike who are also dedicated to optimizing cancer care in this way.
I do encourage people to use the information both in my book A Dietitian’s Cancer Story and on my web site's many pages of Questions & Answer's, cancer-fighting recipes, plus cancer-related links. I'm sure you'll find answers to almost all of your general questions there (use the search function on my web site).
In addition, if you are a cancer patient with a question about your individualized nutritional needs, I strongly recommend that you request an appointment with the Registered Dietitian (RD) at your own cancer treatment facility. Nutritional screening, assessment, recommendations, and follow-up care from an RD with expertise in oncology nutrition should be a component of true comprehensive cancer care for every single patient with a cancer diagnosis from the time of diagnosis forward through treatment, and also after treatment has been completed, in order to help optimize response to treatments, quality of life, the odds for long-term survival, plus overall health and wellness.
If an RD is not yet a member of the team of oncology professionals where you receive your cancer treatments, please ask "Why not?" and advocate for improved oncology care at your own cancer center. I have seen more than one cancer center bring an RD on board (plus even increase the hours available) because of patient advocacy. Remember that the “squeaky wheel” often gets heard and attention. Please don’t be afraid to be that “squeaky wheel”.
Health care professionals may continue to send email inquiries through this web site. Please include your professional affiliation and full contact information. Please do not send any sales information or attachments. Special note: It may take me several days or longer to respond to your inquiry as I will not be checking email as frequently as I have done in the past.
Media/interview requests may continue to send email inquiries to me through this web site. Please include your affiliation and full contact information. However, if you have a tight deadline, I recommend contacting either of the following two excellent resources: (1) Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD, Vice President, Nutrition, P4 Healthcare, Phones: D 404-876-3084, C 503-313-5202, Email firstname.lastname@example.org, (Founder and Director of www.cancernutritioninfo.com) or (2) Glen Weldon, Director of Public Relations at The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR www.aicr.org) at 1-800-843-8114.
Recipe reprints - I am pleased to give permission to use up to five (5) recipes from my web site on your web site, as a handout, or in your book without a fee or any further special information from me. I do ask that you use the full name of each recipe (for example - Diana's SuperSoy and Phytochemical Shake) plus add the following information with each recipe that you reprint:
Speaking requests – I am not accepting any speaking inquiries during 2008. For speaking opportunities in 2009 and beyond, please send me an initial email inquiry describing your event along with the date. I will respond to your inquiry at my earliest opportunity.
Students - If you wish to ask questions for a class assignment, please read how I have responded to previous student inquiries.
I sincerely thank everyone who has written with questions and comments since I founded this web site in 1997. As I am sorting through files and piles in my office while trying to simplify my life, I have found many wonderful memories. I continue to send my best wishes for health, healing, and hope to all of you!